A core part of BBK’s vision is that Central Richmond will be a hub for digital technology where all adults and youth in Richmond access and use technology to engage with the world and have equitable opportunities to become innovators in technology. Richmond is just across the Bay from the high-tech hub, but it is much more distant in terms of the technological and economic opportunities available to and engaged by residents. Our interviews with area families have found that ‘Silicon Valley’ is a remote world of which parents and children know little and cannot imagine themselves apart. BBK’s Digitech program began in 2010 and since that time, we have supported over 100 Richmond youth, ages 7 to 18, to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology.
BBK is going beyond a focus on internet access to supporting families to acquire the literacies necessary to use technology as a tool for social, educational, and economic advancement. With this work, we are attempting to increase the number of Richmond youth and adults pursuing STEM careers thus ensuring that this untapped talent pool can increase innovation and discovery in the field. Our interest in building these skills is not solely about turning every child into a software engineer; we are also committed to making every Richmond child STEM literate, proficient at solving problems and able to spin a new, more inclusive technological age.
Area of Service
Mindcraft Summer Camp Participants
Funniest STEM project
The project comprises three components:
- Summer Minecraft Camp
- Coding & STEM Club
- Refurbished Desktop Computer Distribution & Low Cost Broad Band Adoption
Summer Minecraft Camp
Runs for 6 weeks, 4 days per week at the City of Richmond computer lab. Currently, 19 campers who are in grades 3rd-8th are enrolled for Summer 2018. Campers will learn beginner/intermediate coding, Redstone Engineering, and game design, to build and explore, strategize, connect with others, set goals, and plan for upcoming challenges.
Coding & STEM Club
- Engineering Design Process
- Carreer Exploration
- Structural Engineering
- Product Design
- Environmental Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
Computer Distribution/Tech Fairs
At these free events, families receive: a refurbished desktop computer, training on how to use the computer and support signing on to low-cost broadband service. Over the course of the year, participants meet African American and Latin@ mentors currently in STEM careers and have the opportunity to visit and tour the facilities of STEM organizations located in the Bay Area. During summer programming, all youth receive free lunch. During the school year, youth receive healthy snacks. All groups are FREE!